Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town: The Learning Resource


The preface to Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is an autobiographical introduction to Stephen Leacock. It tells the reader about Leacock’s background and his thoughts about the small town he profiles in the book. Because the preface establishes Leacock’s approach to himself and his approach to the book, it is an important component to understanding Sunshine Sketches.

Reading Questions

  1. What parts of Leacock’s life outlined in the preface can you best relate to? Why?

  2. How does this preface frame what is to follow?

Leacock and Recycled Writing

Deeper Understanding

Irony and the Intrusive Narrator of Sunshine Sketches

In Depth

What is Revolution?